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Los Gatos Quasquicentennial Jubilee: Party in the Parks Friday!

Town celebrates its 125th anniversary at five public parks from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 10.

Los Gatos will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a "Party in the Parks" event, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10.

The town was incorporated on Aug. 10, 1887 and the concurrent gatherings honoring its quasquicentennial take place at five public parks: Bachman, Belgatos, Blossom Hill, La Rinconada, and Live Oak Manor.

Commemorative fans and market bags with the town's jubilee logo will be distributed to the first 150 people who arrive at the celebrations, which will also enjoy cake, food, entertainment and singing happy birthday in unison at 7:30 p.m. The singing will be video-taped.

Los Gatos Assistant Town Manager Pamela Jacobs said neighborhood and service organizations are hosting the parties assisted by the town with a stipend, a Jubilee banner, tables, and porta-potties. The hosts are planning lots of games and fun activities for those who attend.

Jacobs encouraged the public to bring their own picnic to the parks, but some food will be available, she said. All Los Gatos residents received in the mail a fancy invitation to the celebration, she added.

The Council drew names Monday evening during its meeting and each has been assigned one park to attend the celebration and help lead the party-goers in a rousing Happy Birthday song to the town at 7:30 p.m. simultaneously.

  • Steve Rice—Bachman Park
  • Barbara Spector—La Rinconada
  • Joe Pirzynski—Live Oak Manor
  • Diane McNutt—Belgatos Park
  • Steven Leonardis—Blossom Hill Park

Two more exciting celebrations are expected this fall as part of the town's jubilee year extravaganza: the dedication of the renovated and the grand opening of the, Jacobs said.

"From start to finish, the town’s jubilee year promises to be as extraordinary as the town’s rich history and many accomplishments over the past 125 years," Jacobs said.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman, a Los Gatos resident and former mayor and council member, attended the Council meeting this week to present the town a proclamation honoring the community's 125th incorporation anniversary and commending the municipality for "125 years of excellence."

"I'm proud to have had a Los Gatos address for a third of that time," Wasserman said. "Los Gatos is in fact a jewel. It's very special. I'm honored to have served with [the Town Council] ... There's no better place than Los Gatos."

Details: www.LosGatosCa.gov/Jubilee, or Jackie Rose at 408-354-6853.

John Hogan August 09, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Bachman Park will have games for young kids and two local bands. The La Esquina food cart will offer low priced dinners. Sponsored by CASA and TeenForce. Join us for the fun!
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) August 09, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Hi John, good to know. Thank you. We'll stop buy and check it out. Thank you for sharing!
Chad August 09, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Sounds like alot of fun! I'm an lg grad and live in Indiana now I'll pay for a t-shirt of the event iif someone would be so kind to pick me up one and mail to me:). Thanks
Jonathan Knowles August 09, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Looking forward to this!
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) August 09, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Which park will you be at, Jonathan?
John Lochner August 09, 2012 at 09:06 PM
The Los Gatos Lions will be sponsoring the Jubilee Celebration at Blossom Hill Park. The Snack Shack will be open, the Lions providing free BBQ'd Burgers and Hot Dogs, the "Room Shakers" will be providing great music and there will be free sport activities for the kids. Join us for the Birthday Cake and singing.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz August 09, 2012 at 10:03 PM
This should be fun. Once I finish teaching my last class for Friday I plan to come!
Esmée St James August 09, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Can't wait, can't wait!
Maria Ristow August 10, 2012 at 06:45 AM
I moved herte from Chicago in 1987, in time for the 100th celebration. I wish I still had the sweatshirt from that event. We'll be at Bachman Park to celebrate the 125th! I've now lived in LG for half my life and I consider it home. What a wonderful, beautiful town.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) August 10, 2012 at 08:30 AM
Hi Chad, I don't think there are T-shirts of the event, just the jubilee fans and market bags. If you want one of those, email me your information to sheila.sanchez@patch.com and I'll forward your information to town staff. Thank you.
Sally Ashton August 10, 2012 at 11:52 PM
I'm sure a good time will be had by All! Happy Birthday, Los Gatos!

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